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The Saeshell Book of Time, Part 1: The Death of Innocents (Children of Sophista #1)

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Magic is an advanced science that humans don't understand. Two young people are betrothed at birth and forced by alien races to serve as the secret King and Queen of contemporary Earth: from the UK, Stefan, a seventh-grade artistic prodigy and from the US, Tova, a n
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Paperback, Reader's Edition, 299 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Createspace
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Rusty Biesele The Children of Sophista Book Series currently has 4 books out and a 5th one is scheduled to be released July 3rd, 2015. The first four books are…moreThe Children of Sophista Book Series currently has 4 books out and a 5th one is scheduled to be released July 3rd, 2015. The first four books are parts of the serial novel, "The Saeshell Book of Time". The fifth book in the series is a new novel called "The Owl from Oblivion". So the books are: Book #1, "The Saeshell Book of Time Part 1: The Death of Innocents". Book #2, "The Saeshell Book of Time Part 2: The Rebirth of Innocents". Book #3, "The Saeshell Book of Time Part 3: Paradise Lost". Book #4, "The Saeshell Book of Time Part 4: The Ceremony of Life". Book #5 (To be released), "The Owl from Oblivion". Book #5 is very long compared to the previous books, currently about 134,000 words or about 550 trade paperback sized pages. At the moment, it will be lightly illustrated though the number of illustrations could increase. What happens after Book #5 is released, well that depends on the response to some extent.(less)
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Wendy C
The Saeshell Book of Time, Part 1: The Death of Innocents (Children of Sophista #1) by Rusty A. Biesele

I really do not know what to say aboutThe Saeshell Book of Time, Part 1: The Death of Innocents (Children of Sophista #1) by Rusty A. Biesele. The concept of the book sounded interesting which is why I wanted to read it but I think the author failed to deliver. To me the book just seemed to be a jumbled up mess. You are given instructions on how to read the book (Right then and there I should h
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Sanchi
I was chosen in a member giveaway on Library-thing for this book, I am completely in love with the cover to start. The book I would rate 4.5 out of 5 stars. I loved the story within the book, it was very animated and fun to read. The pictures within the book are simply amazing! My favorite part of the book was towards the end when the fairies are trying to save the main character Stefan from a meta-morphing catastrophe that would end up in him exploding and blowing up the world. This book is a v ...more
Misty
If you value well-thought out descriptions, fleshed out characters and an engaging story...avoid this one. "Saeshell Book of Time" is what happens when you take an average book and throw it in the blender, then hit pulse.

We begin with the book itself narrating to you, insulting you as a human, and threatening to turn your brains to charcoal if you harm it in any way. This preface could have been entertaining, but comes off as merely rude. Next we enter the bedroom of a boy whose mother is about
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Micah Wilger
Only once or twice has an author painted worlds so vivid, so fascinating and desirable that I myself want to live in them. Iain M. Banks did it for me, with his Culture novels. James A. Owen was an example from the high fantasy genre, with Here There Be Dragons, and Roger Zelazny did it in Lord of Light. The world of Sophista is one that has that very same pull. The concepts are fascinating and intelligent, the history of the world is well explained and the ambience is smooth and engaging.

Of cou
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Kitty Bullard
Book Title: "The Saeshell Book of Time: Part 1, The Death of Innocents”
Author: Rusty A. Biesele
Published By: Self Published
Age Recommended: 12+
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 5

Review: Not only did this book have a fantastic and creative storyline but it also had some of the most amazing illustrations I’ve seen in a long time. The story of Saeshell Book of Time, The Death of Innocents is about a young 7th grade boy that is charged with the almost impossible task of deciding the fate of h
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Rob Slaven
As always, it should firstly be noted that I received this book free as a GoodReads giveaway under the 'first reads' program. Also as always I'm not letting this influence my review in any way.

When I got this book in the mail I was enthusiastic that it was targeted at young adults because it meant I could engage my own young adults in reading and reviewing it. I gave it to my 13, 11 and 7-year-olds to look at in the car as we were driving and the reaction from the back seat was unprecedented. As
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Melissa
I almost never don't finish books. I couldn't even remotely finish this one. I stopped somewhere in chapter 5, less than 1/4 of the way through the book.

I think the best word to describe what's wrong with this book is "jarring". Almost everything about the writing kept taking me out of the story.

The first chapter is allegedly the book itself addressing the reader directly. It's rude and condescending, without enough genuine wit and humor to justify the stance.

The book is in present tense, and th
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Corin
This was a fun and interesting read - completely unlike anything else I have read! Aimed at a young & gifted audience, the characters displayed both intelligence and plenty of overexcitabilities. The first chapter or so is a little rough because there is so much to introduce, but eventually it grabbed me and by the end I was wanting to know what was going to happen in the next book.

It's very difficult to write such a complex story, and I give credit to the author for his creative approach.
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Rusty Biesele
Jul 21, 2012 Rusty Biesele rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I wrote the book so naturally I like it. However it you want to read the Kirkus Review on the book, I have posted it on my blog: http://www.childrenofsophista.com/201...

If you want to read it on the Kirkus site: http://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-rev... Subscription may be required to read it here.

It is a very intricate read, so it is not suitable for a night when you want to read something light. I will give one hint though. None of the dialog is random and the entire 4 part serial reads as a di
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Mona
This is an imaginative and entertaining story that will captivate young readers in its fantasy, and in its reality. "Death of Innocents" will give any child who has felt out-of-place because of their special gifts a sense of being understood and accepted.
Pamela Scott
i read this one with my little ones we enjoyed and cant wait to read the next one:}
Amanda
My daughter read this book and absolutely loved it.
Kristina Franken
Great book, easy to follow plot.
I highly recommend this book for anyone

FTC: I received a free copy of this book and was not reimbursed in any other way.

Stefan, an advanced seventh-grader, shouldn’t have to decide the fate of his mother’s unborn child or prevent his adolescent anger from incinerating people. Unknowingly born a fairy, loving fantasy, magic, and art — and betrothed at birth to his mentor Tova2 — aliens force a metamorphosis and the two must travel to the distant planet, Sophista,
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Madonna
First of all, I received "The Saeshell Book of Time: Part I: The Death of Innocents (Children of Sophista, #1) from GoodReads for free (long name).

I must say; if I had picked this book off the shelf in a store; I would have put it back after reading the first Chapter (four pages; yes, I would have read that much in the store.) However, since I hate to not give a free book a chance; I started reading. It took me awhile to get into the book since any distractions would cause me to lose what I was
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Claire Steakley
One of the many points/rules of writing is to keep your reader intrigued, always asking questions, for if there is no mystery, than why go any further into the book. Of course you do not want to completely disorientate your reader, for they will become discouraged. The perfect balance is often hard to find, but the mistake I most often find is I find myself bored with the questions, or repulsed by the lack of intrigue. This book does not contain that mistake.
I can say I was never bored, discour
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Chloe
I am currently struggling through this book. I'm 14 years old, and I'm not quite sure if this is marketed towards me or not... I am around page 30, so perhaps things haven't really picked up yet. However, this world has really failed to pull me in. I am very confused about what is happening or why it matters, despite the explanations that are unsuccessfully incorporated into the plot. I feel like before the story can actually start, the author takes it upon himself to freeze all events and slowl ...more
Wendy Hinrichs
I got this book in a library thing giveaway. I was so excited that I started right away. The first chapter is great, it literally speaks to the reader! What a fun way to start.
What you get next is a great sci-fi read! the book is written in a way unlike any other book I've read so you have to pay attention to what's going on. It's not a quick ready. All the time is worth it. This is a story about different personalities interacting and 1 teen with more power and choices than he may be able to ha
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Lynn Demsky
Sep 06, 2013 Lynn Demsky rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ages 12 & over
Recommended to Lynn by: Good Reads freebie
Shelves: first-reads
This was a totally different type of read for me, I especially liked The Book Speaks and its introduction to us humans and how a lot of us just won't be able to ever get through it or read it. Magic is more than just wonderful and what a way to create a perfect living specimen! And yet can we handle that type of living? Such wonderful concepts, ideas and then at the end..........a true dream or a true horror?? Only took me a day to read and I enjoyed it muchly and will go get the rest of the sto ...more
Patricia
My mother was lucky enough to win a copy of this book. She liked it so much, she gave it to me to read. I like it so much, that I had to write a review.

I absolutely love this book. This is not light reading, it's a very complex story. This book can easily be enjoyed by more advanced teen and adults. It was so refreshing not to read the run of the mill YA fantasy. Rusty A Biesele wrote a book that is not only new and different, but a beautiful story that you can get lost in it. This is a must rea
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Moon
I think the story is very good, well thought out and very very creative... makes me want to know more about the characters.

The style that it's written in sometimes makes it hard to follow (conversations within conversations within conversations)... that being said, the storyline kept me focusing back on the story because I wanted to know what happens next. :)

All in all, I am happy to have won this in a Goodreads Giveaway, Rusty Biesele is a very creative man that has created a wonderful story!
Emily Boivin
I WON THIS BOOK ON GOOD READS AND WAS AMAZED AT HOW WOUNDERFULL THE STORY AND ILLISTRATIONS ARE. THE MIX OF FANTASY AND SI FI IS WOUNDEFULLAND YOU BECOME FULLY ENTRALLED WITH THE CHARECTERS. I BELIEVE THIS IS GOING TO BE A SERIES AND I INTEND TO READ ALL OF THE FUTURE BOOKS AND ANYTHING ELSE BY THIS WOUNDERFULL WRITER. RUSTY KEEP ON WRITING.....
Margie Mcmahon
This book is so good and amazing. It's a YA sci-fi/fantasy book, that adults can easily enjoy. If you want light easy reading, then no this book is not for you. It's a beautifully written, complicated and intricate story. I absolutely loved this book and would recommend it to anyone.
Heather
This book was truly enchanting!!! I was enthralled from the moment I received it as a giveaway prize. The illustrations and color throughout the pages were mesmerizing. I truly cannot remember the last time the cover and illustrations alone brought me to the edge of my seat. I rarely scroll through the book pages before reading a single page, however I spent an hour just devouring the world of images before me.

The story was even better than the illustrations. As a fan of this genre, I was delig
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Richard
In full disclosure I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

The Saeshell Book of Time: Part 1: The Death of Innocents is a very unusual book. It is told mostly from the point of view of two young humans, Ty and Tyco, whose psychic powers are emerging and are being taught by an alien/fairy called Elof2. At first they are given a general history of the aliens, before learning about some of the important characters that have emerged in recent history, Stefan, Tova2 and Elof (Elof2’s younger self)

My
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Brenda Ayala
The best I can say about this is that it's unusual. More accurately though I want to say it was just awkward. The first couple pages are the book dictating how it must be read, which was already kind of a red flag for me. If it's confusing enough that you need to have a key in the first pages, isn't that something to watch out for? There were different levels of interacting, mostly through telepathy. Also, the book makes it a point to tell you early on how stupid humans are, which I guess is onl ...more
Margaret Gaudio
I received this book as a goodreads giveaway.

This book was a little frustrating to get used to at first. After the first few pages I was able to fly along pretty quickly. I'd give this book 2.5 stars. Overall, I'd say the book was pretty enjoyable. The story was good, and I'd be interested to read the next book in the series.

Part of why I said I'd give it 2.5 stars is that they constantly brought up things, and then said "you have to wait to learn about that, we'll tell later." It happened often
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Corin
This was a fun and interesting read - completely unlike anything else I have read! Aimed at a young & gifted audience, the characters displayed both intelligence and plenty of overexcitabilities. The first chapter or so is a little rough because there is so much to introduce, but eventually it grabbed me and by the end I was wanting to know what was going to happen in the next book.

It's very difficult to write such a complex story, and I give credit to the author for his creative approach.
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Jaime
I really appreciated getting this book for free in the goodreads win but it just did nothing for me. I enter the contest because I read it had fairies in it, however the type of fairy stories I like are authors like Melissa Marr, Holly Black, & even Herrbie Brennan's Faerie Wars which fall in the category fantasy & paranormal. This book to me was completely sci-fi and I just did not really get into it. Just because I did not enjoy this book though doesn't mean you won't. We all like diff ...more
Mightynobody
I received The Saeshell Book of Time, Part I: The Death of Innocents in a Goodreads giveaway. Although it took me a bit of time to get into I was quite engrossed by the end and disappointed I didn't have the second book waiting in the wings. I quite enjoyed the format and thought Mr Biesele did an excellent job fleshing out the characters. My only real issue with the book is many of the concepts and explanations are sometimes glossed over. I would have liked to have seen more depth - even in a b ...more
Rusty Biesele
Jul 20, 2012 Rusty Biesele rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I wrote the book so naturally I like it. However it you want to read the Kirkus Review on the book, I have posted it on my blog: http://www.childrenofsophista.com/201...

If you want to read it on the Kirkus site: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-re... Subscription may be required to read it here.

It is a very intricate read, so it is not suitable for a night when you want to read something light. I will give one hint though. None of the dialog is random and the entire 4 part serial reads as a d
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The The Saeshell Book of Time is the debut novel for author Rusty Biesele. The long story serial is a unique form of writing that has not been explored in decades. A very long story is split into four installments or parts. Part 1, "The Death of Innocents" was published Oct. 1st, 2012. Part 2, "The Rebirth of Innocents", will be published March 29, 2013. Part 3, "Paradise Lost" will be published
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